English proficiency requirement for master's programmes taught in English

English language proficiency for programmes taught in English must be documented with one of the tests below, if you are not exempt according to the list of exemptions. 

Minimum scores for European Languages: English Language (programme option) and English Literature, American and British Studies

Test results must be valid (not older than two years) on the date of the application deadline.

IELTS

IELTS academic - International English Language Testing System

  • Minimum overall band score: 7.5

TOEFL

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT)

  • Minimum total score: 108

Pearson

PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English Academic

  • Minimum overall score: 74

Minimum scores for all other master's degree programmes

Test results must be valid (not older than two years) on the date of the application deadline.

    TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT)

    • Minimum total score: 90

    IELTS academic - International English Language Testing System

    • Minimum overall band score: 6.5

    PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English Academic

    • Minimum overall score: 62

    How to document test results

    TOEFL

    Complete both of the following two steps:

    1. Add the University of Oslo as a recipient of your test result, using our institution code 0756. This will enable us to verify your test result online. Which department code you choose is not relevant.
    2. Upload a copy of your test result in Søknadsweb. Alternatively your email receipt stating that you have added UiO as a recipient of your test score.

    IELTS

    Upload the official copy of your test result with a legible TRF number in the bottom right corner.The University of Oslo will verify your test result online. It is currently not possible to submit test results with an IELTS institutional code.

    Pearson

    Send your score report to the University of Oslo through your Pearson account. In addition, upload a PDF of your score report.

    Are you exempt from submitting an English language test?

    The following applicants are exempt from submitting an English language test: 

    Norwegian upper secondary school

    Applicants who have passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    Cambridge Assessment English exams

    Applicants who, in 2005 or later, have passed the University of Cambridge exams 

    • Proficiency (CPE) with the grades A, B or C
    • Advanced (CAE) with grades A, B or C
    • First with the grade A 

    You must send your results to the University of Oslo via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. Login using your 'ID number' and 'secret number' and click 'Send my result'. In addition, you must upload your Statement of Results to the application portal. 

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme with English at Higher Level (HL) with the minimum score of 4.

    Country specific exemptions:

    Australia

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Australia, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in Australia.

    Bahamas

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in the Bahamas.

    Barbados

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Barbados.

    Canada

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Canada, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in Canada.

    Denmark

    Applicants who have:

    • passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    OR

    • completed one the following with English as the language of instruction in Denmark:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    Fiji

    Applicants who have completed both upper secondary school and a bachelor’s degree taught in English from Fiji.

    Finland

    Applicants who have:

    • passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    OR

    • completed one of the following with English as the language of instruction in Finland:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    Guyana

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Guyana.

    Hong Kong

    Applicants with completed upper secondary school from Hong Kong with an AS-level examination in Use of English with grades A-C or HKDSE English Language Subject Level grade 5.

    Iceland

    Applicants who have:

    • passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    OR

    • completed one of the following with English as the language of instruction in Iceland:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    Ireland

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Ireland, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in Ireland.

    Jamaica

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Jamaica.

    Macao

    Applicants with completed upper secondary school within the British system in Macao.

    Malta

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Malta.

    Mauritius

    Applicants who have completed both upper secondary school and a bachelor’s degree taught in English from Mauritius.

    The Netherlands

    Applicants who have

    • completed the subject “Engelse taal en literatuur” from VWO, with the minimum final grade (eindcijfer) of 6, or from HAVO, with the minimum final grade (eindcijfer) of 7.

    OR

    • completed one the following with English as the language of instruction in the Netherlands:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    New Zealand

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in New Zealand, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand.

    Norway

    Applicants who have:

    • passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    OR

    • completed one of the following with English as the language of instruction in Norway:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    Samoa

    Applicants who have completed both upper secondary school and a bachelor’s degree taught in English from Samoa.

    Singapore

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Singapore.

    South Africa

    Applicants who have completed both upper secondary school and an honours bachelor’s degree taught in English in South Africa.

    Sweden

    Applicants who have:

    • passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.

    OR

    • completed one of the following with English as the language of instruction in Sweden:
      • a bachelor's degree
      • a minimum of one year of master's degree studies. The study level and language of instruction must be documented with a diploma supplement or a statement from your university, if it is not clear from your official transcript of records that your completed courses were taught in English at master's level.

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in Trinidad and Tobago.

    United Kingdom

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in the United Kingdom, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in the United Kingdom. Please note that UK branch campus, validated and franchised programme and distance learning students are not exempt.

    USA

    Applicants who have completed their entire upper secondary education in the USA, or a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in the USA.

     

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    Published Jan. 4, 2017 3:20 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2019 9:19 AM